Two of the biggest Netflix series in recent years are colliding as The Haunting of Hill House star Victoria Pedretti is reportedly joining the next season of You.
PEOPLE reports that Pedretti will play the female lead in the highly anticipated second season of the freaky deaky thriller series.
Her character’s name is Love Quinn and she’s said to be “an aspiring chef working as a produce manager in a high-end grocery store.”
Love has no interest in social media which will make things difficult for old m8 Joe Goldberg (Penn Badgley) and his stalker ways.
She is deep in mourning when she meets Joe and she senses a shared knowledge of profound, life-changing loss.
“It is very fucking cool that Victoria is playing this role,” You showrunner Sera Gamble tells EW. “I binged Hill House, and she was incredible. And then a couple of days later, [executive producer] Greg [Berlanti] sent an email asking, ‘Have you seen Hill House? Have you seen Victoria Pedretti, wouldn’t she make a perfect Love?’ Leave it to Greg to put that together.”
Pedretti in The Haunting of Hill House
Gamble delved further into Love Quinn’s personality:
“Like her name, she’s very warm and there is a carefree aspect to her spirit that really comes from the fact that she has constructed a life for herself that’s about being in the moment and doing what she loves every day. In that way, she’s very very different than the woman that you got to know in season one, Beck, who was ambitious and driven as a writer and also as a young person in a social circle that had a certain kind of status. Beck had been quite aware of her social media presence, and Love is extremely disinterested in all of that.”
Love is a character in the second book in Caroline Kepnes’ YOU series, Hidden Bodies and is a big part of Joe’s move from New York, where the first season is set, to Los Angeles.
“To me, Love embodies the best of Los Angeles,” Gamble says. “Joe is not moving to LA because he f–king loves the West Coast. He’s a New Yorker and he has bought the party line on how terrible L.A. is and when he gets here, very little dissuades him from his initial opinion. But I personally have been in L.A. since I was a teenager and it’s this beautiful patchwork city that I truly adore. This show is an opportunity to illuminate an L.A. that maybe a lot of people haven’t seen that goes beyond the Hollywood sign and Love is part of that. She’s a Los Angeles native. She has really absorbed the best of the city and she’s really artistic with the way that she lives her life.”
Badgley in the first season of You
“Season 1 was a particular kind of story that we could tell about the relationship between Joe and Beck and the moment that we did what we did in the finale, that’s not repeatable,” Gamble says. “I will say that Love is a person he could only have met after what happened between him and Beck. And by the way, Joe is not out there looking for love. He’s truly heartbroken by what has happened, and so what Love offers is a different kind of friendship and a different kind of relationship.”